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Announcement :: Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
27 Apr 2006
Modified: 08:21:10 PM
Rally in support of the the Great American Strike and Boycott called by the Los Angeles March 25th Coalition
May 1, International Workers Day In Solidarity with The Great American Strike 2006

May 1st, 2006 -- 4:00 PM
(Park Street, Green Line or Red Line T)

A day without immigrants
No work, no school, no buying, no selling!

1886… the fight for the 8-hour day…
2006… today’s fight for full legal rights for all immigrants

In unprecedented mobilizations, millions of immigrant workers and their supporters have made history. We have demonstrated that with numbers we have power. The Los Angeles March 25th Coalition, many immigrant rights organizations, and others around the country have called for a “Gran Paro Americano” (National Strike) on May 1st. May 1st is International Workers Day. This special workers holiday was “born in the USA” on May 1, 1886 when close to two hundred thousand workers in the United States, mostly immigrants, struck for the eight-hour day. Today millions of working people all over the world celebrate May 1st as a day of protest against injustice and in defense of workers rights. However, May Day has been largely forgotten in the land of its birth. This year May Day will be special. As we mobilize for justice for the immigrant community we can help revive that militant workers holiday here in the USA.

The government, employers, and the media conglomerates seek to turn us as working people against each other by talking about “illegal” immigrants who are a “drain on society." But who in this country is not a descendant of immigrants? Like other workers, immigrant workers are exploited, pay many billions yearly in taxes, and are under attack. Immigrants are working people, not criminals, and deserve to be treated with dignity and have the right to be united with their families.

Amnesty for all! No human being is illegal!
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27 Apr 2006
Möglicherweise sollten wir Amnestie für alle ungültigen Immigranten haben. AMNESTIE FÜR ALLE. Daß Amnestie für Nazi Lager miteinschließt, schützt, wem in die Vereinigten Staaten nach dem Krieg entging.
For the illiterates
27 Apr 2006
Quizás debemos tener amnistía para todos los inmigrantes ilegales. AMNISTÍA PARA TODOS. Que incluye la amnistía para el campo nazi guarda quién se escapó a los Estados Unidos después de la guerra.
27 Apr 2006
No need to be so patronizing and write your comments in Spanish or German. You know that we are not talking surviving Nazis, nor even Neo-Nazis, we are talking about 15 millions people who have come to the U.S. simply to work and are already doing so. This is country of immigrants. We make the point of linking history, 1886 and the struggle for 8-hour work day and today. On the occassion of International Workers Day the new immigrants have to demonstrate again on the streets to be recognized as human beings. If you are simply xenophobic against this new wave of immigrant workers from Latin America, go ahead and say so.
28 Apr 2006
The article refers to billions in taxes allegedly paid by illegals. I doubt there are billions. They do pay liquor and cigarette taxes. But not income taxes nor to a large extent property taxes. The article neglecs the billions of dollars spent in states like Califiornia and New York to educate kids who should be educated by Mexico or El Salvador. Nor does the article mention all the WIC and medicaid funds illegals use with my tax money to pay for the excessivley large families they have because they are too ignorant or selfish to use birth control.
28 Apr 2006
How do they not pay property taxes? If they rent they pay the owner, who pays the property taxes.

As for the drain on social services you claim, the answer is to grant citizenship and get these hard working people to pay for your kids to go to school and pay for your social security.
28 Apr 2006
Feller, the New York times reported that undocumented immigrants subsidize social socurity alone to the tune of $7 billion a year. Read it yourself at

And because of their status, they can't access any of that. Rather than draining social services, they're subsidizing us as citizens!
29 Apr 2006
Yes, the New York Times, the New conglomerate that employed David Binder who admitted to falsifying articles to fit his political world view. If it's printed in the Times, then it must be true. All the News That's Fit to Print. It should really be All the News That's Print to Fit.
29 Apr 2006
Samuel Rojas, parlerò in che cosa lingua desidero parlare. Dovete accomodarli. Quello è come ora funziona in America. L'americano deve accomodare tutta la lingua che parlo
What do the Polls Say?
29 Apr 2006
By eight-to-one, Americans think it is unfair to grant rights to illegal immigrants while thousands of people wait each year to come to the United States legally. Fully eighty-six percent of Republicans think it is unfair, as do seventy-seven percent of Democrats.
Opinion Dynamics Poll for FOX News, April 4-5, 2006

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to pay significantly higher prices for some goods and services should that be the result of tighter control of the southern U.S. border and a resulting lower number of undocumented workers.
Zogby Poll, March 31-April 3, 2006

Fifty-six percent of Americans polled say the U.S. should NOT grant temporary-worker status to foreigners who are here illegally, as this would make them and their families eligible for government services while they are here. We should not reward people who have broken the law, and this will encourage even more people to enter the United States illegally.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, March 10-13, 2006

Fifty-three percent of Americans oppose President Bush's guest worker-amnesty plan for illegal aliens from Mexico.
Hart/McInturff / The Wall Street Journal / NBC News poll, April, 2005

Fourteen percent of Americans "strongly favor" President Bush's proposal to allow foreigners who have jobs but are staying illegally in the United States to apply for legal, temporary-worker status.
Angus Reid Global Scan, April 2005

Two-thirds of likely voters in Florida oppose a plan to allow some illegal aliens to live and work legally in the U.S.
Research 2000 Florida Poll, March, 2005

72 percent of Mexican migrants said the would participate in a program that offered the prospect amnesty for illegal aliens who lived here for five years, continued working and had no problems with legal authorities. Respondents who said they had no U.S.-issued ID were even more positive (79 percent).
Pew Hispanic Center survey of Mexican migrants, March 2005

Fifty-seven percent of respondents oppose a program in which illegal aliens would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States.
Westhill Partners/Hotline Poll, February, 2005

Sixty-eight percent of Texans say the federal government shoud not make it easier for illegal aliens to obtain U.S. citizenship.
Scripps Howard Texas Poll, March 2004

Fifty-six percent of adults say they'd oppose a program in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico would be allowed to live and work legally in the United States.
Gallup Poll, Feb. 9-12, 2004

No issue upset the public more than President Bush' amnesty/guestworker proposals, with only one-third of Americans supporting him on that.
CBS News/New York Times Poll, January 2004

Seventy-four percent of resondents believe the U.S. should NOT make it easier for illegal aliens to become citizens of the U.S.
CNN/Gallup/USA Today Poll, January 2004

Fifty-two percent of Americans oppose President Bush's guest worker-amnesty program for illegal aliens from Mexico; 57 percent oppose such a program for illegal aliens from other countries. Furthermore, at least twice as many Americans strongly oppose the proposal as strongly support it.
ABC News Poll, January, 2004

Americans, 2 to 1, oppose granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Zogby Poll, June 2002

Americans oppose amnesty, nearly 2 to 1. Hispanics are less likely to vote to reelect Pres. Bush if he supports amnesty.
Zogby Poll, September 2001

Nearly 70 percent of Americans oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Gallup Poll, August 2001 national poll of 1,000 adults

61 percent of Americans oppose granting amnesty to illegal aliens.
Harris poll, August, 2001
29 Apr 2006
The Radical Youth Alliance endorses this event.
Polls not from 2001!
29 Apr 2006
Oh no were not..All of your polls are what are called "push polls" and include the word amnesty, which no one is talking about.

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 7-9, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
"Thinking now about immigrants -- that is, people who come from other countries to live here in the United States: In your view, should immigration be kept at its present level, increased or decreased?" Only 47% said decreased, while 50% said increased or remain the same.

"Which comes closest to your view about what government policy should be toward illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States? Should the government deport all illegal immigrants back to their home country, allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States in order to work but only for a limited amount of time, or allow illegal immigrants to remain in the United States and become U.S. citizens but only if they meet certain requirements over a period of time?"
18% responded depot and 80% responded stay for limited or extended time.

CBS News Poll. April 6-9, 2006. N=899 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).

"Do you think illegal immigrants coming to this country today take jobs away from American citizens, or do they mostly take jobs Americans don't want?" N=464 (Form D)

34% responded to take jobs away while 53% responded take jobs Americans don't want.

"Would you favor or oppose allowing illegal immigrants who have done the following to stay and work in the United States: paid a fine, been in the U.S. for at least five years, paid any back taxes they owe, can speak English, and have no criminal record?" N=427 (Form F)

favor-74% oppose-23%

"Do you think it should or should not be a criminal offense if a U.S. citizen provides food, shelter, or medical care to an illegal immigrant?"

Should-27% should not-67%

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 4-5, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.


"In general, do you think immigrants who come to the United States today help the country and make it a better place to live or hurt the country and make it a worse place to live?"

Help-42% Hurt-30% Depends-20%

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. March 29-30, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

"Do you think that people who are here illegally are taking jobs from United States citizens, or are they mostly taking jobs that U.S. citizens do not want or cannot do?"

Taking jobs away from americans-35%
Taking jobs americans don't want-55%

"Two different approaches have been suggested to deal with illegal immigrants. Please tell me which comes closest to your views. (1) Make illegal immigration a crime and not allow anyone who entered the country illegally to work or stay in the United States under any circumstances. OR, (2) Allow illegal immigrants to get temporary work visas so the government can track them and allow them to earn permanent residence after six years if they learn English, pay a fine, pay any back taxes, and have no criminal record." Options rotated

Make Illegal Immigration a Crime-25%
Allow Work Visas, Earn Permanent Residence-72%

"Allowing illegal immigrants now in this country to earn U.S. citizenship if they learn to speak English, have a job and pay taxes"

Favor-78% oppose- 21%

Associated Press-Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. March 28-30, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

"Would you favor or oppose allowing immigrants with jobs who are in the United States illegally to apply for legal, temporary worker status?"

Favor- 56 Oppose-41

"On balance, do you think illegal immigrants mostly make a contribution to American society, or are they mostly a drain on American society?"

Make a Contribution- 51% A Drain42%

"Do you think it should be a serious criminal offense to enter and remain in the United States without proper documentation or should it be considered a minor offense?"

Serious-47% Minor- 51%

"If a fence were built along the border between the United States and Mexico, how confident are you that such a fence would reduce the number of illegal immigrants? . . . "
Very Confident-6% Somewhat Confident-26% Not Too Confident-29% Not at Al Confident-38%

I could go on and on and on....

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29 Apr 2006
OK, if the immigrants pay a low tuition for their kids, say $5,000 per kid, which is about 60% of what the local cost is to educate a kid, assuming they are not special ed, which a lot of hispanics are, they can stay on a year to year basis if they register w/tamper proof ID that is not social security dependent. they also should post bond in case they "vanish", which they have a tendency to do.
30 Apr 2006
Feller, your disregard for established fact became clear in your response to my NYT citation, but for what it's worth, I'll mention that the US Superme Court has ruled that shool districts have a responsibility to provide education to students regardless of their legal status. Might want to take that into account in your little policy proposal.
30 Apr 2006
Matt. They are not immigrants. Immigrants get full rights, if they come here legally. Full rights for immigrants includes in state tuition. You are advocating for in state tuition for law breakers. At least have the balls to say what it is.
01 May 2006
Mi casa, su casa.
01 May 2006
Abre la boca y deme cabasa !!
01 May 2006
If they can pick and choose what laws they want to obey, then so can we! If they don't have to pay taxes, then neither do we! If they can enter any country any time they choose undocumented, they so can we! There are many self-serving myths being concoted to rationalize and condone ILLEGAL behavior. Apologists for this continually try and talk around it but the fact remains the same: ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL. Politically correct special interest groups are notorious for inventing imaginary rights to suit their own self-interest. I lost my job to an ILLEGAL alien and so have many other citizens. They were receiving the same hourly rate but wern't paying taxes so actually took home more than we did. Most of the dogmatic ideolouges who mollycoddle these ILLEGAL economic opportunists are either students or yuppies who feel socially superior to them and therefore not threatened - at least not in the short term. So the ILLEGAL immigrants make out like bandits and receive endless sympathy, the unscrupulous employers get out of their payroll tax obligations - and the very vulnerable legal working class citizens get the shaft! Make no mistake, the American working class doesn't need any solidarity wit ILLEGAL immigrants - they're every bit as much of a threat to us as shady employers: the two together (in their own ILLEGAL solidarity) spell doom!
01 May 2006
Are you talking about the president?
02 May 2006
75% of all opinion polls are worthless.